Trials Of The Blood Dragon Announced, Then Released

Obviously the combination of physics-driven motorbike stunter Trials and the neon world of FPS spoof Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon would result in something ludicrous but gosh, Trials of the Blood Dragon still surprised me. Ubisoft officially announced the garish stunt game during their E3 press shindig today, a while after word of it leaked, and… then they launched it. It’s out now. You can buy it, download it, and start biking and gunning (yes, it has guns) through neon hellworlds right now. Look at this:

Yeah, I know, I’m not feeling the whole ‘wasn’t the past wacky!’ vibe of Blood Dragon either but 1) I still like bright colours; 2) I like worlds which shift into big colorful things; 2) it has a grappling hook and my feelings on those are known; 3) it’s still Trials, man. Historically speaking, Trials is good times.

If you’ve not played a Trials game, this might look like a simple platformer but… no. Even driving ten metres in Trials can be a huge accomplishment, as its physics-driven movement requires careful balance and measured use of power. I dread to imagine what’s necessary for the track sections where your little fella runs around with a gun shooting cyberborgs.

Trials of the Blood Dragon is out right now on Steam and from Ubisoft for £11.99/14,99€/$14.99.

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  1. Xzi says:

    Wow only eight reviews on Steam so far but 75% of them are negative.

    • Baines says:

      A few more positive reviews now.

      Looks like people are complaining because it isn’t a Trials reskin, and instead offers non-bike vehicles and even platforming. That, and Uplay.

      Funny enough, not being a Trials reskin is the interesting bit to me. I found regular Trials to be a better concept than game, and the non-Trials stuff looks kind of interesting.

  2. teamcharlie says:

    Interesting idea, but after getting about halfway into the campaign I feel more than a little uninspired by the whole thing.

    The levels get very tedious, even if you can quiet that voice in the back of your head to get through every level without a fault (that voice is an asshole and wants your game experience to be even more exhausting than it already is just finishing the levels and accepting your failures). The story, rather than being a thoughtful send-up of ’80s action movies like the original Blood Dragon game (Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon) feels like the lazy Saturday morning cartoon cash-in version, complete with poorly acted 12-year-old protagonists, toned down profanity, and at this point absolutely nothing resembling the amazing training montage/sex scene sequence from the original game.

    You may think that’s a good thing and that’s fine with me. I, however, think those PG-13ifications make the game’s story extremely anemic compared to its much more robust forebear.

    I imagine I’ll slog my way through the other half of the campaign, then promptly forget it ever existed. I definitely don’t feel cheated at $15, but I can’t say I’m having all that much fun either.

  3. iainl says:

    Why does this exist? The last Trials set involved a rainbow-producting cat riding on the back of a unicorn; this is, if anything, a toning down of the ridiculousness.

    Guns do not belong in Trials. I’m quite unreasonably upset about this.